Top 10 Albums I bought in 2005 | December 13, 2005

Unlike some people I know, I don’t spend a huge amount on music each year. However I thought 2004/2005 was a great year for music and I ended up buying a lot more albums than normal. Here are the top 10 albums I bought this year. They are all quite obvious and mainstream, but as it’s coming up to Christmas, I though it may give you some gift ideas.

What were your favourite albums of the year?

Posted at December 13, 2005 10:47 AM


Matt Sephton said on December 13, 2005 11:25 AM

It’s been a great year!

Sigur Ros “Takk…”
Maximo Park “A Certain Trigger”
Merz “Loveheart”
Jeb Loy Nichols “Now Then”
Tom Vek “We Have Sound”
Common “Be”
Imogen Heap “Speak For Yourself”
The National “Alligator”
Josh Rouse “Nashville”
Nizlopi “JCB Song”

Colin Ramsay said on December 13, 2005 11:26 AM

Out Of Nothing was released last year but it’s still a really strong album. They’ve got another one coming out early next year as well which I think will better it. Much underrated band.

You should try out Arcade Fire, Andy. Or Maximo Park.

Andy Field said on December 13, 2005 11:28 AM

My Top 5 - Top 10’s are so last year ;)

1. Jamie Lidell - Multiply
2. Boards of Canada - Campfire Headphase
3. Soft Hearted Scientists - Uncanny Tales From The Everyday Undergrowth
4. Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
5. Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself

Richard Earney said on December 13, 2005 11:32 AM

Kate Bush - Aerial - Staring at the Washing Machine will never be the same again.

Barry Bloye said on December 13, 2005 12:32 PM

Ditto on The Arcade Fire - my favourite this year. ‘Hot Fuss’ was glued in the CD player (yes, I still have one of those) last Christmas, although I was a little disappointed by ‘Silent Alarm’ - the fact they’ve re-released it hasn’t impressed me, either. Sell-outs!

Maarten Leewis said on December 13, 2005 1:08 PM

My top 10-2(005)

1. A-Ha “Analogue”
2. Spin Doctors “Nice Talking To Me”
3. Nils Petter Molvær “ER”
4. Kent “Du & Jag Döden”
5. Daniel Lemma “Dreamers & Souls”
6. Jamiroquai “Dynamite”
7. Sigur Ros “Takk…”
8. Beady Belle “Closer”

The first two are the biggest surprises and come-backs of 2005. Especially A-Ha who released an album with a sound that is very much up to date and in most cases surpasses most bands in their genre. If the Doves is on your list, you’ll have to try A-Ha, well that’s just my opinion…

Egor Kloos said on December 13, 2005 2:04 PM

Andy. I like your style!

Bojan said on December 13, 2005 2:31 PM

My top 5 for this year, in random order:

Sigur Rós — Takk
Depeche Mode: Playing The Angel
The Mars Volta — Frances the Mute
QOTSA — Lullabies to Paralyse
The New Pornographers — Twin Cinema

Olly said on December 13, 2005 9:56 PM

Well, since you asked…

My Top 16 albums of 2005

Looking at your list Andy, I think you’d like some of these, especially the My Morning Jacket and We Are Scientists albums

maartin said on December 13, 2005 10:40 PM

A lot of good albums already listed, but I came to think of a few missing. Sure there’s more. It’s been a good year :).
Anthony & the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now.
Bright Eyes - I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning.
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans.
Frida Hyvönen - Until Death Comes.
Jenny Wilson - Love & Youth.
John Frusciante - Curtains.
M.I.A - Arular.
Magnolia Electric Co - What Comes After the Blues.

jordan said on December 13, 2005 10:55 PM

I must say, i thought it was a bit of a slow music year, or maye the fact i couldn’t afford to buy much effected that, anyhow…
- Sleater Kinney - The Woods
- Sigur Ros - Takk
- Ben Folds - Songs for Silverman
- Wolfmother - Wolfmother
- Arcade Fire - Funeral (released 2005 in Aus)

Richard Rutter said on December 14, 2005 10:59 AM

I thought it was a slow year for music until I started trying to select tracks for Best of 2005 compilation. I was surprised at just how good 2005 as been, maybe not in quantity but what was good was really good cf. Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Depeche Mode, Smog, Ralfe Band, Elbow.

Roger Johansson said on December 14, 2005 10:17 PM

In random order:

Roots Manuva-Awfully Deep
Dzihan And Kamien-Fakes
The Herbaliser-Take London
The Dining Rooms-Experiments In Ambient Soul
Kraftwerk-Minimum Maximum
Jestofunk-The Anthology
Simple Minds-Black And White 050505
The Prodigy-Their Law The Singles 1990-2005

Small Paul said on December 14, 2005 10:57 PM

Guys guys guys guys guys. A Brighton blog, not mentioning The Go! Team’s “Thunder, Lightning, Strike”? Just cos NME left ‘em out doesn’t mean we all have to.

Terry Majamaki said on December 15, 2005 9:49 PM

My top 10 in any order.

Depeche Mode — Playing The Angel
Beck — Guero
Madonna — Confessions On A Dance Floor
Nick Warren — Shanghai Global Underground 28
Nine Inch Nails — With Teeth
Röyksopp — The Understanding
Sasha — Funacion
Stéphane Pompougnac — Living On The Edge
Sigur Rós — Takk…
Coldplay — X & Y

Ian said on December 15, 2005 11:38 PM

Thoroughly impressed with your top 10 Andy. I saw Razorlight the other day and they were pretty good.

See you at Christmas.
Say hello to Mel for me

Andy Budd said on December 16, 2005 3:17 PM

Good to see everybody’s music. Some interesting pics in there. I’ve tried to like Sigur Rós, Arcade Fire, Maximo Park and the Futureheads but haven’t quite got there yet. Probably need more time for them to sink in. Will definitely check out some of the bands other people have mentioned.

I do actually quite like Go! Team, but am rather embarrassed that I do as they are basically a manufactured band. Still, I do really like a couple of their songs.

I also failed to mention Arctic Monkeys who I’m really enjoying at the moment. However I’m not sure if they officially have an “album” out yet.

I also really liked X&Y by Coldplay, but my girlfriend bought that so I didn’t think it counted on my list :-)

nick said on December 18, 2005 4:59 PM

For me the top, let’s say, 5 albums are:

Garbage — Bleed Like Me
Coldpaly — X&Y
Oasis — Don’t Believe the Truth
Sheryl Crow — Wildflower
The Cardigans — Super Extra Gravity

Ben said on December 20, 2005 9:13 PM

No Coldplay, X&Y?

Julian A. said on December 22, 2005 6:34 AM

Pat Metheny The Way Up
Burt Bacharach This Time
Josh Rouse 1972
Zero 7 When It Falls
Garden State Soundtrack

Sylvain said on December 22, 2005 6:16 PM

My favorite album of the year!!

* Wolf Parade - Apologies to the queen Mary

* Buck 65 - Secret House Against the World

* Cuff the duke - Cuff the duke

* Iron & Wine - Woman King

* Sigur Ros - Takk

* Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

* Bell Orchestre

* Ry cooder - Chavez Ravine

* Coldplay - X&Y

* Stephen Malkmus - Face The Truth

Have a good time!

Phil said on January 1, 2006 1:46 PM

Has no-one mentioned KT Tunstall or Jack Johnson yet? Eye to the Telescope and In Between Dreams are fantastic albums! Also, for me at least, X&Y by Coldplay and Dynamite by Jamiroquai (as already mentioned by several others) merit a mention, as does Jamie Cullum for Catching Tales. Haven’t got my head around the new Royksopp one yet… not as good as Melody AM I fear.

Dextro said on January 2, 2006 11:11 PM

dEUS - Pocket Revolution
Absynthe Minded - New Day
Jamie Cullum - Catching Tales

Chris said on January 6, 2006 1:35 AM

1. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
2. LCD Soundsystem
3. Ike Reilly - Junkie Faithful
4. Kanye West - Late Registration
5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Shake the Streets
6. Atmosphere - You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having
7. Broken Social Scene
8. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
9. Death From Above 1979 - You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
10. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Mike said on January 9, 2006 7:58 PM

Top 10 Albums I bought in 2005:

John Butler Trio “Sunrise Over Sea”
John Butler Trio “Three”
Jack Johnson “Brushfire Fairytales”
Jack Johnson “In Between Dreams”
Bruce Cockburn “Speechless”
White Stripes “Elephant”
Cory Sipper “Swimology”
Ben Harper “Fight for Your Mind”
My Morning Jacket “At Dawn”
Ani DiFranco “Living in Clip”

Göran said on January 18, 2006 10:36 PM

Favourites of 2005:
Kate Bush - Aerial
Feber2 - Jan Gradvall - Mainstream
Jamiroquai - Dynamite
OneTwo - Item